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Reach For the Sky

In today’s society, we are programmed at a young age to do the best we can in all that we do.  Mothers and fathers around the world coddle their sweet littles, as they should, and hope that their little Johnny or Mary will encompass their hopes and dreams of succession.  A certain degree of active encouragement is right and necessary in my opinion.  However, there seems to be an ever-increasing phase of overly focusing on children’s self-esteem.  As a result, it appears we have lost the ability embrace take challenges head on which is supposed to draw out our inner fight.  This internal fight that claws towards something greater that is full of accomplishment.

However, because parents today do not allow their children to be children, there is a stunt in the growth of the inner being.  The constant sit down and shut up and do what you are told or there is something wrong with you response given to children nowadays is no way to cultivate independent thinking.  It is like we are up against a current that we cannot control, and the inevitable is bound to happen at the expense of the next generation.  What is the inevitable you say?  The inevitable is that we are pushed further down into a worker’s mentality instead of independently paving our ways.  Eventually, the futuristic fiction tales told in books like 1984 and alike could very well have seen a glimpse into the future.

Is rushing to the aid of a child that is struggling a good thing prematurely?  The insecurities that surround that kind of parenting produce the fruit of timidity and lack of confidence in self-independence.  What is wrong with letting your child make their mistakes?  Granted, we do live in a different age where more dangers lurk that is a legit concern for a child’s safety.  However, these fears should not keep a child sitting in front of a television set frying his or her brain on who knows what.

A child should be able to reach for the sky and if he or she falls short, will, at least, grab a star.  Granted there will be bruises and scrapes along the journey of life there is no doubt about that.  However, how will children ever know they have the confidence to pick themselves independently up if there is always a safety net.  Falling and getting back up is part of life.  It is not a bad thing to fail, but if you have never felt what it was like to fall and feel the satisfaction of getting yourself back up, I can see how it may make you feel like a failure.

The pressures on a child to fulfil every hope and dream of their parents are absurd and cause the child to feel insecure as if their way is not sufficient.  Be careful if you are a parent that you do not project your missed callings on your child.  It is hard enough as it is for children.  So, let them be, learn and grow and you may be surprised how well they turn out.

Ethics

Many people confuse ethics and morals. This is because they tend to relate to similar things, the concepts of right and wrong. It is not semantics to say that they are different. The main difference is that ethics is in reference to when rules governing right or wrong are put on by society, and morals are what principles come from within. When someone is debating ethics, they are talking about the rules that society deems right and wrong, therefore someones morals may not always align with ethics. Ethics can also be different depending on what society they are founded in. different cultures value different things. Then within each society, every member has their own set of core values or beliefs. This difference has been the center of philosophical debate for centuries. What is right to one person may not be right for society, and then depending on what society says may not be right for the individual. Totalitarian governments and dictatorships many times impose laws and regulations that are widely considered to be wrong, movements such as genocide have been approved by governments, but as individuals we know that to be morally wrong. On the same side, an individual may have warped morals which would lead them to do things that could be deemed unethical. Ethics also tend to be more flexible, and susceptible to change, as societies shift with each generation. The tension derived from this is a known problem throughout the ages. Each prior generation seems to think that one following it is going to destroy society. Obviously, this has not been the case, but as people get older they tend to be more set in their ways and less likely to be open to new ideas, as their morals only solidify. At this point in life, we can say that morals have been effected by ethics. Many people from older generations tend to hold biases that were socially acceptable in their day and age, but modern ethics would call wrong, such as racism and slavery. These things used to be societal norms, which means that ethically speaking they were acceptable, however, because of morals, people saw that it was wrong. Over the course of time, those peoples morals swayed the opinions of the majority of society which then changed societies ethics. As such, someone who is strictly ethical is not necessarily equipped with moral integrity, and conversely, a moral person may be breaking ethical laws. Philosophically speaking, it is hard to decided what is right or wrong, between personal morals and societal ethics. This is the reason it will always be a debated subject. If an entire society deems something right, does that not make it so? What if an individual chooses to go against the society, and then changes the ethics? Are either of these ever going to be concrete? The answer is probably not, as they are fluid by their nature. As such, one must usually follow their own moral compass, and try their best to attempt to fit this within their own societies ethics. Wanted to thank the owner of cypressroofingexpert.com for providing me with some fuel for this topic. Thank you!

Mary Jane

Marijuana, or more commonly known as weed in English vernacular, is a plant that has been smoked for religious and recreational purposes for generations. Over the course of years, it has been classified as a drug and been made illegal in most parts of the world. The question we propose today, is if this is ethically right or wrong. What kind of effects does this have on our society, and should it be an okay practice or not. First of all, we must compare it to the other drugs and narcotics that have been made illegal, such as methamphetamine or heroine. Both of these controlled substances are highly toxic, addictive, and can also be lethal in high doses. These factors create a dangerous substance, especially when related to the black market. Weed is none of these. There is no lethal dose, and it is not physically addictive, the only addiction that can come from is habitual, which means no real physical withdrawals. Weed is also controversal because despite it being a smoked substance, which is never good for the body, it has some medical merit, especially since smoking it is not the only form of ingestion. THC, the ingredient typically associated with weed, can be put into food, balms, and even vaporized. Recently, an other compound, CBD, has been found to help with many medical ailments. Cancer patients have been at the forefront of its legalization for years now, citing that it gives them an appetite to eat, which is crucial when undergoing chemotherapy, as well as relieving some of the nausea and allowing for a small mental break, even just allowing them to laugh for a while and not think about their disease. With all these things cited, it becomes difficult to understand why it is still mostly illegal. There are many theories, with some of the chief ones being that pharmaceutical companies stand to lose a significant amount of money because of the fact that it is a plant and can be essentially grown by anyone. Prohibitionist policies have also created a black market for the product which has also created crime as a byproduct. This creatives a volatile environment that has been the center of a lot of debate and controversy. Can legalization stop these things from happening? Will it help the sick? Well, some parts of the world have already began the process of medical legalization as well as recreational. As previously stated, most medical patients sing the praises of the plant. Not only that, but crime is proven to be reduced with the legalization. The other pro that places that have legalized it have found is an increase in tax revenue, which has been then used to improve the cities. So not only does it reduce crime, but it can also generate money, by pulling it out of the black market and putting it into programs that need more funding, such as schools or even roads. The situation may not be quite black and white, but it definitely needs to be studied more.

Rose Tented Shades

As a society we see things through a foggy haze that seems to captivate our ability to make out particular realities.  Do we do this to ourselves because we cannot bear the site of what life would look like without the haze?  That my friend is the question we all must answer sometime in our life and I suspect we must keep answering this question until it is our last.  Rose tented glasses, some call it.  But I prefer to call it looking at life through rose tented shades.  My reason behind changing the term is rather vain and is simply because shades are cooler than glasses.  Having a rosy tent to your shades means, at least in my less conventional interpretation, you are not connecting to the realities like you should.  As beings of this earth we must plant ourselves firmly to the ground and feel all the earth feels while simultaneously soring freely through the air, breathless and vivacious.  I can relate the feeling to an exuberating experience I had during a night out at the club, my heart pounded as I got into a one of those posh limos decked out with the leather seats and padded interior.  The seats are cold but I didn’t care.  As the limo takes off speeding down the road, I stand raising my hands up and out through the sun roof.  The wind is rushing through my hair and brushing my skin and I feel free but at the same time I am connected with the fear and excitement of being on the edge of something bigger.  That is connecting, that is feeling all that you can feel in a moment of utmost excitement.  There were no rosy shades to blind me from the reality that my stunt was dangerous.  While it may have been a bit wild, I at least felt free.  This idiom, like all idioms, is people’s poor attempt to add light to a dire situation because they can.  Because, I suppose it makes them feel better.  Well, I refuse to look through a deceiving hue to make my mind conceal the contrast my heart already feels.  I would much prefer to take things head on in all of its horrible glory.  Life throws out some garbage and it is not about taking that garbage and calling it a treasure, walking around showing off your “treasure” for all to see.  No way, because really even just reading my sentence that sounds absolutely absurd.  No, let me tell you what life is.  Life is about taking the garbage you are dealt and rolling around in it a little bit until you are no longer comfortable with its filth.  It is at that moment you through experiencing firsthand every negative feeling, every negative glare, and every negative thought associated with what life has thrown are you able to truly transform not only yourself but your situation.  You can then take those rose tented shades and throw them on the ground and stomp on them a few times…..real stuff man, real stuff. Just wanted to give a shout out to one of the hardest workers, my buddy Randy who puts his blood, sweat and tears into his pressure washing company. Randy has given me some great insight to my last couple of posts. Thanks again!

Morality: cultural or universal?

We are all subject to the influences of our culture and are brainwashed to think there is no other way to success than to follow in our parent’s footsteps.  It does not matter if you come from a well-to-do family or are raised in poverty; we are all a product of our culture.  But we need to ask ourselves if that is a good thing.  Is it best to follow the footsteps of the ones that went before us or should we make our own way and go against the every pushing tides of tradition?

Before I provide my opinion to that question, I have another query for you pertaining to morality and ethics.  Are the roots of ethics and morality cultural specific or is it a one-size-fits-all moral system?  It is the age old question that asks if we formed into a specific moral stance by our culture or by a universal standard of ethics.  Great philosophers have had many debates about this one issue alone.  Terms like ethical relativism was created to define the instance where morals are set by the culture we live in.  If you agree with ethical relativism, then you think that the morals can evolve overtime.  Many of the current moral disputes today are about the change in our moral perception.  What used to be considered very wrong has now become a cultural norm.  It would seem that the line is very clear and divides those who agree with ethical relativism and those who believe in universal moral principles.  Moral universalism is a belief that a certain code of ethics applies to all no matter what cultural sway there is.

It seems to be apparent that major “deadly sins” are considered wrong in most cultures.  This tells me that there is some sort of level of moral universalism.  However, has I am growing up and becoming more aware of the shift in what is socially acceptable, I can see how ethics and morals are also relative and subject to cultural influences.  

When there are natural disasters that occur, like the horrible hurricanes that recently hit the greater Houston area back in 2007, you can always tell who provide the trustworthy services founded in solid moral principles.  For example, when a natural disaster hits it is amazing how many “best in class” roofing companies pop up out of nowhere desperate for property repair.  I would say that during that disastrous time, I did a lot of research on different roofing companies. A Sugar Land  roofing contractor appeared to be one of the few that promised top quality roofing and according the customer responses deliver great roofing repairs.  

But what exactly causes some people to be dishonest?  It is obvious that honesty and quality are highly esteemed in all cultures, meaning it is a universal ethical topic.  What is it within the human race that goes against the highly valued characteristic like honesty?  To answer all of these questions and provide my opinion, I think ethics and morality is a little bit of both; universal and relative.  

Thank you for stopping by!  Until we meet again, take it easy.